Sifu Mak is 44 years of age. He has been practising Wing Chun for 26 years. Sifu Mak started practising in 1979 and was lucky enough to have become a descendent of Master Chow Tse Chuen. Master Chow was one of the few direct close students of Grand Master Yip Man, but himself a low profile master.
From 1987, Sifu Mak started to act as an Instructor in Master Chow’s Kung Fu school, to help coaching and practicing with Kung Fu siblings in the school.
In 1993, with his master’s encouragement and blessing, he started his own Wing Chun school under the name of ‘Hong Kong Wing Chun Institute’. (www.hkwingchun.com)
The passion of Sifu Mak in Wing Chun has also led him onto a more academic path of researching on the Wing Chun Style, regarding its theories and history. This necessitates his frequent visit into China to look up and discuss with old masters who are still alive and practising the different lineages and branches of the style. This exercise has brought him much less known knowledge of Wing Chun, both technically and historically, as well as many experienced Wing Chun practitioners in China as friends and teachers.
Apart from being reasonably trained and skilled in the Wing Chun subject, Sifu Mak speaks good English and communicates well. Because of this, he is in a capacity to teach foreign students in the west. Since 1998, he has made effort to squeeze out 2-4 weeks each year as holiday from his work to leave Hong Kong to do teaching and seminars for Western students in most part of the world. So far, he has been invited to teach in Singapore, UK, Russia, France, Italy and Romania, and for some of these places, more than a couple of times.
Sifu Mak currently holds the following official titles:
• Permanent member of Ving Tsun Athletic Association (VTAA),
• Recognized Instructor of Ving Tsun Athletic Association (VTAA),
• Eighth Level Master of World Organization of Wu Shu Kung-fu Masters,
• Permanent Honourable President of Wing Chuen Alumni Association
• Permanent Honourable President of Kong Chi Keung Ving Tsun Martial Arts Association
Sifu Mak holds an MBA Degree from USA (1989) and is currently working as a Sales Director to one of the top 5 companies in the world for the elevator business.